|Birth: ||Jul. 4, 1923|
|Death: ||Aug. 22, 2002|
Retired pastor of Fairforest Baptist Church 1950 - 1997.
The Rev. Ebenezer Franklin "Frank" Inman, is remembered as a man who stood by his Christian convictions. Inman, 79, of 212 Seigler Road, died Thursday, August 22, 2002 at 3:35 pm in Wallace Thomson Hospital after a period of declining health.
Rev. Inman was born in Union on July 4, 1932, a son of the late George I. and Mamie Vaughn Inman.
He served as minister of Fairforest Baptist Church from 1950 until his retirement in May 1997.
He was a graduate of Union High School, North Junior College, Furman University and the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
He taught one year at Long Creek Academy during which time he pastored Salem Baptist Church in Santuck from 1949 to 1950. He served on the boards of North Greenville College, Anderson College, Baptist Hospitals of South Carolina and he served on the Salvation Army Board.
Rev. Inman said in a 1994 interview that he considered entering the foreign mission field after hearing a missionary in Africa speak while he was in college. Back then, however, missionaries had to be married. "They were reluctant to send out a single man because so any people in the mission field couldn't understand why a man wasn't married," he said, "Now, it doesn't matter if you are married or not."
Fairforest was a struggling church when he began preaching there on Sunday afternoons in 1950. The church had no full time pastor and preaching was held after lunch so another church's pastor could preach in his off hours. The congregation began to grow and voted to hire him full time. Soon, the work load grew so heavy he was forced to resign his pastorate at Salem Baptist.
"I've seen this church come a long way," said Fairforest Church member Bertie Belue in a 1994 interview. "The Rev. Inman knocked on doors and invited every one to come."
Rev. Inman built the church up from within the community and reactivated some of the older members. In the 1950 and 1960's, Fairforest was one of the fastest growing churches in the state convention in regard to training union. The church also held services at the Union County Chain Gang every Saturday night for many years and at the Union County Home until it closed.
Rev. Inman said he was glad to have spent the majority of his career at Fairforest. "This is where the Lord wanted me," he said. "The Lord has a plan for us and if we will be submissive to his leadership, he'll show us where he wants us to be."
Tommy Henderson, minister of music at Fairforest Baptist Church, served on the church staff with Rev. Inman for over 18 years He aid Rev. Inman was committed to his church and his community. "He was the kind of pastor, since he was not married, he was there for everybody," Henderson said. " He visited the sick, the shut-ins, those in the hospital, those having domestic problems or any kind of problems. His door was always open. He was a pastor 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Henderson said when he was younger and just starting his career in church work he and Rev. Inman sometimes have differences of opinion during staff meetings. "Later I found out he was right 99 percent of the time," Henderson said. Rev. Inman never deviated from his convictions, Henderson said. "You knew exactly where you stood with him," he said. "He was committed to the community and the schools. When anything came up he was there to stand up for the church, to stand up for Christ when no one else would."
Rev. Inman's nephew, Torance Inman, said his uncle kept faith throughout his illnesses and held to his belief that the Sabbath should be kept holy. "He held to his convictions to the very end," Inman said, "He took a stance that there were certain things you didn't do on Sunday. As much as he love Braves baseball, he wouldn't watch them on Sunday, not so much because it bothered him, but because of what someone else might perceive, not wanting someone else to stumble. Even in ICU he wouldn't watch them on Sunday and there was no one but his family to see him. He loved his family enough not to compromise his convictions before them.
Dr. Jimmy Epting, president of North Greenville College, said Rev. Inman was a special person who will be greatly missed. "Frank was one of four graduated in whom we were very proud," he said. "We feel he served the Lord well through his years. He loved North Greenville College and supported it with his prayer and finances."
Rev. Inman survivors are a sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ellen and George Chambers of Union; a brother and sister-in-law: James Hay Fant Inman, Sr. and Beuna Inman, of Union; four nieces, Sarah E. Lewis, Janie I. Hoover, Kathy Jo Chambers and Mamie E. Bailey; four nephews, Torance J. Inman, Ralph E. Inman, Julian Bobby Eaves Roberts. He was predeceased by five brothers, J.C. Inman, Torance T. Inman, Sam E. Inman, G.I. Inman and Ralph Inman and two sisters, Nellie I. Roberts and an infant sister.
Funeral services will be held at 3:30pm Sunday at Fairforest Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Aulbrey Calvert, the Rev. Warren Jones, the Rev. Curt Bradford and the Rev. Scott Cobb. Burial will be in Philippi Baptist Church Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Bennie Kershaw, Jimmy Chastain, Don Bolton, Toney Gault, Mary Phillips, Carl Smith, Donnie Vinson, Charles Tabor, Gerald Sewell, Paul Sanders, Emslie Earl Foster, Stanley Hodge. The following are asked to assemble at the church at 3:15 Sunday to form the honorary escort: Ministers of the Union County Baptist Association, Present and former member of the Union Salvation Army Board Dr. Jimmy Epting, Dr. Jeff Craft, Dr. Robert Yannetti, Dr. Kenneth Hill, former member of the Union County Ministerial Association, Freddie McAbee, and Dudley Lawson. The body will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends Saturday night from 7:00 until 8:30 pm and will be placed in the church at 2:00pm Sunday to await the hour of service.
The family is at the home of his sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. George Chambers, 21 2 Seigler Road, Union.
The S. R. Holcombe Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
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